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A business promotion with a charitable theme -- that's the invention of the W.C.B.A.

DAVID F. ASHTON - VCA Woodstock Animal Hospitals Ursula Escobar, and the clinics Manager, Elisa Edgington - who is also WCBAs Vice President - were raising money for Brooklyn-based The Pongo Fund, represented during Woodstock Gives Back by Director Larry Chusid and volunteer Nancy Blumpon. On Sunday, September 7, businesses up and down S.E. Woodstock Boulevard were hosting sales while benefiting nonprofit organizations of their choice, as this year's "Woodstock Gives Back" day began.

"I think this is the fifth year we've done this as an organization, on the second Sunday in September, where all businesses participating along the boulevard are raising funds for the charities of their choice, in a collective 'day of giving' back to our community," remarked Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA) President Thad Davis, of Payroll On Time, Inc.

DAVID F. ASHTON - At this years Woodstock Gives Back, WCBA Chair Thad Davis, of Payroll On Time, Inc., and the companys VP Jill Hopkins, stand with Randi Ruhl - a foster  for Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals, here holding rescue dog Lucy, a Formosan mountain dog. For example, his own business chose to raise money for "Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals", an organization that takes animals from "kill shelters" and places them with "fostering" families, to acclimatize them for adoption into the community. [That organization's website is – www.ofosa.org]

In all, some 30 businesses were involved in the "Woodstock Gives Back" promotion this year, he said. And most of them offered special sales to customers as a thank-you for their participation. This year, various local taverns were also participating on the previous evening.

"We do this to show our community the charitable spirit among the businesses, here in their neighborhood business district," Davis said. "And, it's fun to interact with people, and bring awareness to a cause about which you are passionate."

The participating businesses have yet to report in on how much money was raised collectively for all the benefiting charities, but if last year's total is a guide, the amount would have been quite significant. Look for the promotion to occur again next year on the second Sunday in September.


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